SOFO can confirm that FG has suspended the Conditional Cash Transfer in Abia, Zamfara, Akwa Ibom, and Bayelsa state due to failure of the pay service providers assigned to the four states.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Alhaja Sadiya Umar Farouq has ordered the termination of the contract of two Pay Service Providers (PSPs) assigned for the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) project designed by the Federal government to alleviate poverty in Nigeria.
According to information gathered by SOFO News, the service providers were sanctioned for failing to meet the outlined contractual agreement to commence the Conditional Cash Transfer to beneficiaries in four states of the federation assigned to the two payment service providers (PSPs).
Sofo news reports that the affected states are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Zamfara, Bayelsa, and Zamfara state. The development is coming following the new procurement process launched using World Bank procurement guidelines to ensure that payments commence in the affected states on or before April 28, 2020.
Farouq in the statement noted that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot accept delays in the current payment of N20,000 stipends to beneficiaries in poor and vulnerable households.
Hajia Farouq added that,
“The Federal Government through the Ministry cannot allow contractors to derail the immediate Conditional cash transfers to the poor and the vulnerable.”
Sofo reported last week that Oyo state has commenced the disbursement of its conditional cash transfer, same as Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, but people in these four states have to wait till further notice before they could enjoy the same privilege.
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